Really fun film I thought would be atrocious. Succeeds where it should probably fail, Steckler is as impressive as Wood in terms of knocking out a quality low budget film. This is like the real Frankie and Annette Beach Party, very real and much darker/more cynical. Very Lynchian at times as well. Awesome. 4.5 stars
It is hard to watch a movie where the leading actor is so imprinted in my head as THE SADIST - and is here to play the leading romantic actor in a rock'n roll type music film that would have suited Elvis or Roy Orbinson. Sorry, Arch Hall jr., but you will always look like that son-of-a-bitch bully at school to me and you are totally miscast here. The music is terrible too. Unintentional humor helps me through.
There are a few good music videos and Three Stooges sketches, but one first has to get through the worst kind of baby B-movie acting and tautological commentary on the music industry. It's hypnotizing in spots, but everything else makes you wonder why you're watching it in the first place.
Just loved it! So candid, cute and sometimes strange (what's up with them corpses in the shack?!). It's a simple story with a low budget, leaving room for on-the-spot gem shots like in the skating ring and goofy or plain fun scenes. Ain't nothing so wild about it all though, but maybe it was back in the day.
Super-cheesy and super-fun, this tale of the pitfalls of naivete in the pursuit of rock 'n' roll stardom makes up in fun and silly thrills what it lacks in subtlety and quality acting. Arch Hall Jr is a very odd leading man, think of Michael Pollard as a rock star, but this is passable entertainment for those who approach it in the right frame of mind.
Represents a kind of idealized, soda-pop-and-fizz Americana that makes David Lynch smile in his dreams: every girl can dance the Mashed Potato and every guy can do a mean Bobby Bare impression if you give him a guitar. Cash Flagg steals every scene he is in, to distraction. A real gem.
Sometimes it's nice just to watch a film that is simple and purely stupid, and Wild Guitar is great for that. If you turn your brain off, savour the ridiculous lines, terrible acting and overly moralistic plot, then this is a rollicking good time. Weirdly catchy songs too!